FYI July 10, 2018


 
 

 
 
 
 

On This Day

 
 
1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.

Telstar is the name of various communications satellites. The first two Telstar satellites were experimental and nearly identical. Telstar 1 launched on top of a Thor-Delta rocket on July 10, 1962. It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and telegraph images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Telstar 2 launched May 7, 1963. Telstar 1 and 2—though no longer functional—still orbit the Earth.[1]

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Born On This Day

 
 
1724 – Eva Ekeblad, Swedish noble and agronomist (d. 1786)

Eva Ekeblad (née Eva De la Gardie; 10 July 1724 – 15 May 1786) was a Swedish countess who was a salon hostess, agronomist, and scientist. She was widely known for discovering a method in 1746 to make alcohol and flour from potatoes, allowing greater use of scarce grains for food production, significantly reducing Sweden’s incidence of famine.

Ekeblad was the first female member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1748).[1][2][3]

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FYI

 
 

Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm; July 11, 1931 – July 8, 2018) was an American actor, television host, pop singer, film producer, and author. He starred in more than 40 films and was a well-known Hollywood star and heart throb of the 1950s and 1960s, known for his Golden Blond Californian surfer-boy looks. At his height he had his own television show The Tab Hunter Show and a hit single with “Young Love”.

Early life
Hunter was born in New York City, the son of Gertrude (née Gelien) and Charles Kelm. His father was Jewish and his mother was a German (Christian) emigrant, from Hamburg.[3] He had an older brother, Walter, and two paternal half-sisters, Sarah and Rebecca.[4]

Hunter’s father was reportedly abusive, and within a few years of his birth, his parents divorced. He was raised in California living with his mother, brother, and maternal grandparents, John Henry and Ida (née Sonnenfleth) Gelien, living in San Francisco, Long Beach and Los Angeles.[5] His mother reassumed her maiden surname, Gelien, and changed her sons’ surnames, as well. As a teenager, Arthur Gelien, as he was then known, was a figure skater,[6] competing in both singles and pairs. Hunter was sent to Catholic school by his religious mother.[7]

He joined the U.S. Coast Guard aged 15, lying about his age to enlist. While in the Coast Guard, he gained the nickname “Hollywood” for his penchant for watching movies rather than going to bars while on liberty.[8] When his age was discovered, he was discharged by the Coast Guard. He met actor Dick Clayton socially; Clayton suggested that Hunter become an actor.[9]

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Eds. note: We received the following email from a reader, who requested that we publish it because he thinks it can help other people. We strongly agree. After verifying facts of the story, we are republishing it in full—with names changed and lightly edited for clarity, and with the express permission of him, his wife, and the approval of their advocate at the child advocacy center. Please be aware that there are potentially disturbing discussions of child sexual abuse and suicide.

A Letter From A Parent
Anonymous
We learned later it is not ideal to ask many detail questions, or to bring the subject back up ourselves. Also avoiding leading the child is of utmost importance. If anyone reading this is ever in a similar situation, we have learned the best response is along the lines of “Thank you for telling me, that was very important information. Is there anything else important you want to tell us? I love you,” while remaining as neutral as possible.

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By Tom McParland: Whoever Created The Dealer Ads For These Kia Stingers Must Have A Sense Of Humor
 
 
 
 
By Shan Wang: YouTube has a plan to boost “authoritative” news sources and give grants to news video operations
 
 
 
 
By Laura Staugaitis: Brave Snorkelers and Ravenous Jellyfish Steal the Spotlight in This Year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year
 
 
 
 
By Gary Price: Article: “Fifty Years Ago, A Navajo Group Recorded Oral Histories From 450 Elders on 1,700 Reel-To-Reel Tapes. Now, the Collection Is Being Preserved For Future Generations”
 
 
 
 
GlacierHub Weekly Newsletter 07-09-18. Film ‘Arctic’ Shot on an Icelandic Glacier, Disney Princesses Grow Up to be Earth Scientists and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Josh Jones: Learn the History of Indian Philosophy in a 62 Episode Series from The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: The Buddha, Bhagavad-Gita, Non Violence & More
 
 
 
 
via Dangerous Minds: Steely Dan Creates the Deadhead/Danfan Conversion Chart: A Witty Guide Explaining How You Can Go From Loving the Dead to Idolizing Steely Dan
 
 
 
 
By Josh Jones: Nearly 1,000 Paintings & Drawings by Vincent van Gogh Now Digitized and Put Online: View/Download the Collection
 
 
 
 

By DC: The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal: 2 Succinct Sentences
 
 
 
 
By MessyNessy: 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXCV) This Provençale Chateau for rent, Yoga with Audrey Hepburn, The Arctic Slash, A site dedicated to the most historic stone homes in the US, Nationwide Performance Piece to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and more ->
 
 
 
 
Mexican-American David Carrillo, has started this adorable video series about moving to Paris + learning French.

 
 
 
 
By Thomas Nicholson: Celebrating Caribbean-American heritage: These 10 sites showcase the Caribbean’s best, from rum to its vast culture
 
 
 
 
Christina Dodd on Friends, Enemies and Writing
I was once asked to write a chapter for HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE, the book Romance Writers of America published in conjunction with Writer’s Digest. As a subject for me, they suggested Selling A Book Can Change Your Life.

I burst into laughter. I called my published friends. I read them the subject. Each one of them burst into laughter. We laughed, I think, because while selling a book may change your life, it won’t change you.

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Debra Lynn Dadd: Fragrance-free info, dry skin solutions, EMF resources, lots of Q&A comments, and more…
 
 
 
 
By Riane Konc: Books Where the Dog Dies, Rewritten So the Dog Doesn’t Die Finally, it’s safe to read “Where the Red Fern Grows”
 
 
 
 
Re: ‘A look at Fort St. John’s proposed new coat of arms,’ July 5, 2018
 
 
 
 

Glass Gem Corn: Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer from Oklahoma, liked to experiment with ancestral corn varieties.
 
 
 
 
By Christine Cube: Blog Profiles: Yard & Gardening Blogs
 
 
 
 

Ideas

 
 
By Hometalk Hits: 14 DIY Hacks to Stay Clean While Camping
 
 
 
 
By JPRussack: How to Dry a Cell Phone
 
 
 
 
Great comments!
By bekethwia: Laptop Compubody Sock
 
 
 
 


 
 

 
 

 
 

Recipes

 
 

By mikeasaurus: Watermelon Shark